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#REDIRECT [[Thunderbird#Opening links in Thunderbird with Firefox]]
{{i18n_entry|English|Get Thunderbird to Export URLS to Firefox}}
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{{i18n_entry|Français|Ouvrir les URLS de Thunderbird avec Firefox}}
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[[Category:Internet and Email (English)]]
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[[Category:HOWTOs (English)]]
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There's an easy way to get Thunderbird sort of working with Firefox right out of the box with Arch.
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==First way==
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Go to your hidden thunderbird directory in your home directory.
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<pre>
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cd /home/YOURUSERNAME/.thunderbird
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</pre>
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Or use a graphical filebrowser like Konqueror or Nautilus. Make sure to enable 'view hidden files and folders.'
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You'll see a folder that looks something like this
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ocj1fmh9.default
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</pre>
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Go into that folder and find the file named prefs.js and open it with your text editor of choice.
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'''''IMPORTANT - Make absolute sure that Thunderbird is CLOSED.  Otherwise this change to the text file will have no effect.'''''
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Add to the bottom of the prefs.js file the following lines and save the file (alternatively, you can add the lines to a new file called user.js).
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user_pref("network.protocol-handler.app.http", "/opt/mozilla/bin/firefox");
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user_pref("network.protocol-handler.app.https", "/opt/mozilla/bin/firefox");
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</pre>
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Then restart thunderbird.  URL's clicked in Thunderbird should now open in Firefox.  Unfortunately they do not receive focus. You still have to click on Firefox after clicking the URL.  If anyone knows a fix to this PLEASE edit this.
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==Second way - does not need to restart Thunderbird==
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You can also add those config parameters directly in Thunderbird when it is running. Click ''Edit/Preferences/Advanced/General/Config Editor''. Right click in the list of parameters, select ''New'' and ''String'' in the menu.
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A box appears, asking you for the preference name. Put :
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network.protocol-handler.app.http
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Click OK, the box then asks you for the value : set it to :
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/opt/mozilla/bin/firefox
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</pre>
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Do it again for the preference named ''network.protocol-handler.app.https'' .
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You can now click on URL directly to launch them into Firefox !
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==Setting Firefox to open links in new tabs/new windows==
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You can change whether links are opened in new tabs or in new windows by opening up /usr/bin/mozilla-firefox in a text editor.
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There are two lines near the top that say:
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OPEN_IN=new-window
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#OPEN_IN=new-tab
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</pre>
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This setup will open URL's in a new window.  Simply comment the first line and uncomment the second line to open URL's in a new tab!
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Another way to do that is to select the right radiobutton in ''Edit/Preferences/Tabs'' in your Firefox browser menu.
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